July 23, 2011

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Saidah Baba Talibah

Saidah Baba Talibah is FIERCE personified! She is electric! Her music makes you wanna let whatever lies within you out! Her sound is reminiscent of the funk, rock divas of the past and present - she definitely is the future! Born and raised in Canada, Saidah’s music has been greatly influenced by Toronto’s musical and ethnic enclaves. She first created stories that reflect the multitude of sounds and styles emanating from the city as a founding member of the seminal soul/rock group Blaxam and was prominently featured on their 1998 EP, Kiss My Afro.

Since her early days studying dance, visual arts and music, Saidah shaped her eclectic style based on her persona. What she brings to the stage reflects her ambitious and confident approach to life. She gives us her brand of rock soul that makes you stand up and take notice. The best way to describe her sound is “Living Color-meets-Erykah Badu” (to us that is as close as you can get!).

On August 2nd, her new project “(S)Cream” is set to be released to the masses ready to be consumed! In Saidah’s own words, “(S)Cream is a collection of dreams, daydreams and realities, that speak from a place of fierceness, vulnerability, insecurity and assuredness. (S)Cream has put away all childish games and is all grown up, but is still searching and getting comfortable in all of her cracks and bulges, turn ons and turn offs. This is my coming out as a woman who likes to talk sex & sensuality, broken-heartedness, not taking anymore shit-ed-ness. I growl. I purr. I go to pretty places, harder places and naked places. I wish you joy, despair, heartbreak, inspiration and to be turned on.”

The daughter of Salome Bey, Saidah credits the internationally renowned jazz/blues singer and actress for her talent and ambition. In addition to her Tony and Grammy-nominated mother, her uncle, Andy Bey, also a Grammy-nominated musician – she says that growing up in a family where the arts were respected, gave her the confidence to embark on a solo career.